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After Damar Hamlin collapsed, the Colts’ Rodney Thomas II drove 100 miles to visit his friend in the hospital

As safety as buffalo bills Demar Hamlin recovers in hospital After suffering a cardiac arrest, his high school classmate turned to fellow NFL quarterback Rodney Thomas II to be by his side. Thomas, one of the Colts’ security men, traveled from Indianapolis to Cincinnati — about 100 miles away — to visit Hamlin, who He collapsed on the field during the match Monday night.

Thomas and Hamlin played football together at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Talking to correspondents on wednesday, After his friend’s breakdown, Thomas said, he got a call from his father, who stayed on the phone with him when the incident unfolded.

Hamelin’s heart stopped twice – once on the field and again in the hospital.

Rodney Thomas of the Colts returns from his visit to Damar Hamlin by
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When he got to the hospital, Hamelin was sedated, Thomas said. “I talk to him,” said Thomas, “I know he can hear me. And even if he can’t hear me, it doesn’t matter—I said what I had to say.”

“Just being able to see him and his men, it calmed me down a lot. And that made the journey home easier,” Thomas said, adding that Hamlin is a fighter and expects him to be discharged. “There is no other thought in my mind than his passing.”

Hamlin and Thomas are both 24 years old. After graduating from high school, Hamlin went on to play for the University of Pittsburgh, and Thomas, Yale.

“If I went home, everyone knew Damar, everyone would say the same thing about Damar, his personality and his work ethic,” said Thomas. “You’ll hear nothing but positive things that follow his name.”

The Buffalo Bills said Wednesday that Hamlin remains in the intensive care unit in a critical condition but is showing “signs of improvement.” “He is expected to remain under intensive care as his healthcare team continues to monitor and treat him,” the team said.

on CBS News on Wednesday, Hamlin’s uncle Dorian Glenn said his nephew Lung damage He cannot breathe on his own. Glenn said he used to be receiving 100% of his oxygen from a ventilator, but that’s now down to 50%.

“People who don’t know us are showing love and support and we are so grateful for that,” said Glenn. “I know these prayers help because he is definitely recovering… God has a mission for him and that is why he is still here.”

It is not yet clear why Hamlin’s heart suddenly stopped beating. CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agos told “CBS Mornings” that he believes the player experienced a blunt force trauma to his chest “in the exact right place, at the exact right moment during his heartbeat,” causing his heart to experience an arrhythmia. Heart – “It does not beat effectively to drive blood to the brain.”

“What we know with commotio cordis, which is this case, is that for every minute you delay shocking and resuscitating them, what happens is there is a 10 percent increase in mortality,” Agus said. “They started CPR right away, which is great. Hopefully, they’ll be able to get your heart rate back up soon enough to be able to get blood back to the brain so there’s no damage.”



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